From the Pastor's Desk - Archive

July 5, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, parishes the world over were forced to delay or reschedule numerous events and adapt to a very different, limited way for carrying out their ministries. Our own First Communion students - and our RCIA catechumens and candidates - had their reception of the Sacraments delayed by several weeks. It is a scenario no pastor wants to face but face it we must! Two weeks ago, we began to celebrate Masses for our First Communion students. How beautifully they showed us all what reverence and joy before the…read more

June 28, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, With the resumption of public Masses come certain requirements that at first glance may feel or seem jarring to our normal experience. Some are easy to understand – for example, wearing masks, maintaining safe social distance, and not shaking hands – while some require further explanation. What follows is a brief explanation of just a few of those liturgical norms we are following in the Diocese of Bridgeport.  The Processions    Ordinarily, the priest and servers process through the center aisle of the church as they approach or exit the sanctuary. The procession is…read more

June 21, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we continue to navigate the resumption of public Masses, we in the office at St. Pius are doing our best to communicate clearly and effectively. We use a database of emails that have either been on file with us since you registered as parishioners, or that you have provided to us through Flocknote. Email is the most efficient and cost-effective way for us to communicate. Sometimes, those email addresses are inaccurate or defunct. Unfortunately, we cannot know if an email address is no longer extant, or if it was entered incorrectly, or if…read more

June 14, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, With the reopening of churches in the Diocese of Bridgeport this weekend, I find myself, for the first time, grateful that the great solemnity of Corpus Christi is transferred to Sunday. As you know, I prefer liturgical feasts to be celebrated on their proper days, and that the transferring of feasts seems silly in my mind. But not in this case. Today, I am thrilled that the resumption of public Mass coincides with this great solemn feast! The COVID quarantine has deprived you of regular access to the sacraments. It has required flexibility, adaptability,…read more

June 7, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, A long time ago (in COVID quarantine I cannot pinpoint if it was a matter of a few months, or a year, or more), I expressed in a homily the fact that there is no Biblical justification for the separation of immigrant children from their parents. I stand by those words today. After Mass, a man approached me and politely took me to task for “getting political.” I do not know if he disagreed with my factual assertion, but I know he understood what I said to be overtly political and that he felt…read more